Seeking reassurance for his waning belief, Seward resolved to visit the seven European shrines where the Virgin had materialised during the twentieth century, beginning with Medjugorje. He hated it on sight but, next morning, was overwhelmed by a powerful sense of peace.
His journeys – and this extraordinary, spiritual travel book – end at the shrine of Fatima in Portugal, scene of the earliest manifestation, where that the ‘third secret’ was given to three peasant children in 1917.
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